Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Influence of court decision

Regardless that yesterday's US Supreme Court decision turned on a legal technicality -- what court case doesn't? -- the positive Oregon decision is very heartening to people who would like to see genuine, nonpartisan law reform everywhere on medical assisted suicide for the terminally and hopelessly ill competent adult.

The next danger is that the Bush regime will go to a Congress where
it has power and gut the Oregon law, at the same time banning physician-assisted suicide everywhere in America. That will take a lot of undoing when the climate changes and the people are ready to enact compassionate laws on the right-to-die.

Thus we must do everything in our power to protect the ultimate civil liberty -- the right to choose to die. Let the evangelicals and the rest of the religious right die in whatever fashion they
choose, and the remainder of us (60-70 percent) in ours.

Derek Humphry


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